Ship2Shore Educators at Sea 2012
Joining the NEPTUNE Canada maintenance cruise team for the first time ever are educators in Ocean Networks Canada new Ship2Shore Marine Educators Program. Read the educator profiles below and learn about their experience at sea!
Wiring the Abyss Fall Maintenance Cruise
September 23-October 10
Born and raised in Canada’s Arctic, Peggy Ransom grew up in an isolated northern community along the banks of the Slave River. It was here she began a lifelong journey of travel and exploration; this spirit of adventure led her first to Dalhousie University for a science degree, then to UBC for her education degree. Her high school biology teacher inspired her to pursue a career in science education. After graduating, Peggy returned to the north to teach biology, chemistry, promote the development of the outdoor program at her high school, and assist in leading winter camps and back country canoe expeditions for over a decade. Most recently, she joined the faculty at Shawnigan Lake School to teach biology in 2010. Peggy, her son Quinn and husband Alan live in the resort village of Shawnigan Lake, known for recreation and trails. When she’s not teaching, she can be found hiking, puttering in her garden or relaxing with family. From the age of 14, she has been fascinated with marine biology, and considers becoming a marine educator for NEPTUNE Canada’s Wiring the Abyss 2012 an incredible opportunity.
Wiring the Abyss Spring Maintenance Cruise
May 27- June 27
Leg 2: Goksenin Sen
Goksenin is a physics engineer who sees herself as Alice in Wonderland everyday, amazed with how nature works. She completed her Master’s degree in science education and taught high school physics. She is currently completing her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Victoria. Goksenin’s doctoral studies focus on the educational reform area. She volunteers as a coordinator of Let’s Talk Science at the University of Victoria, a program which aims to increase interest in science, through science outreach programs on Vancouver Island. She is a passionate traveler, scuba diver and sailor, who co-founded and raced in the first and only all-girl offshore sailing team in Turkey. Not surprisingly, she sees marine science as an important subject that needs to have a larger presence in the K-12 curricula. Goksenin is the current Ship2Shore Marine Educator on board with Neptune Canada’s: Wiring the Abyss 2012 maintenance cruise.
Leg 1: Scott Doehler
Scott Doehler is a teacher of geology, biology, and engineering at Brentwood College School, an independent school located in Mill Bay on Vancouver Island. Scott holds both a B.Sc. in Biology and Engineering, and a B.Ed from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. As a 14-year veteran of science education at the middle and high school levels, he has a keen interest in helping students realize the real world relevance and significance of all the 'stuff' they learn in school. Whether taking students out into the field to apply what they have learned, or helping students connect with experts beyond the walls of the school, Scott's main pedagogical interest is in creating inquiry-based learning experiences that mimic, as much as possible, what real scientists and engineers do in real life.
Though his three young children weren't quite sure why Daddy wanted to go away on a ship for 2 weeks, after promising to try Skyping them from the middle of the ocean, Scott jumped at the opportunity to join the first leg of NEPTUNE Canada's June voyage, and can't wait to get his hands dirty and wet as the first educator on board with the new Ship2Shore Marine Educators Program.
Wiring the Abyss Spring 2012 Specifics:
Twice a year NEPTUNE Canada scientists and engineers venture out to sea to maintain the network and 300+ sensors. Deploying new equipment, fixing sensors, laying cable, surveying the seafloor and exploring the deep-sea are all part of the experience! The theme for 2012 is “Wiring the Abyss”, and the team has numerous goals including: